Dear CCNCTO friends and supporters,
We're getting close to our final week of recruitment for Ripple Remix 2011 and we'd love for you to help us spread the word!

Ripple Remix is a six week workshop series for youth 18-30 on different aspects of community engagement. Throughout the six weeks, participants will explore their own histories, learn about anti-oppression, develop public speaking skills and gain insight on effective grassroots campaigning and community mobilization. At the same time, participants will be able to apply these skills by creating their own community project, which can range from a 'zine/blog/video to a community town-hall event to a neighbourhood walking tour.

Here's our program outline which will give you a better idea of the exciting stuff we have planned!

Ripple Remix Program Outline

Week 1
Saturday May 7th, 10am – 4pm
Our History, Our Voices
With  Shaunga Tagore (Asian Arts Freedom School), Karen Sun (CCNCTO), students from CCNCTO’s Asian Heritage Month project
An intro to Ripple Remix – Objectives and parameters of the project
* What do our family histories reveal about ourselves? Where do we place ourselves within Canadian history?
* Shaunga Tagore: Exploring and sharing personal histories through a creative writing workshop
* Karen Sun: Why should civic engagement and understanding government matter to us (i.e. Voting)? How does it relate to our identities?

Week 2
Saturday May 14th, 10am – 4pm
Anti-Oppression in Action
With May Lui ( and anti-racism consultant) and Marika Heinrichs (Popular educator)

* How does oppression exist within our daily lives and the systems/structures we live in?
* May Lui: A group exploration on our experiences of oppression and ways we can challenge it
* Marika Heinrichs: Through a set of theatre exercises, we’ll explore how we experience and perceive oppression and power

Week 3 *Two day workshop
Saturday May 28th, 10pm – 4pm
Sunday May 29th, 10am – 4pm
Finding your Voice: Effective Presentations and Public Speaking
With Sandy Wong (facilitator, trainer & mediator)
*The building blocks of what makes a great speech (and giving speeches ourselves!)
* How to draw and sustain attention from your audience?
*Reclaiming our voices – how do we make them count?

Week 4
Saturday June 4th, 10am – 4pm
Talking Back: Building your Platform
With Brad Lee (The Ties that Bind) and Sharmeen Khan (activist and community radio producer)
What is your message and what outlet are you going to use to make yourself heard?
* Media for Change: Mainstream vs.  Alternative? Traditional vs. Social?
* (Mis)Representations in the media: How do we talk back?

Week 5
Saturday June 11th, 10am – 4pm
Campaigning 101
With Toronto Environmental Alliance
* What makes an effective public awareness campaign?
* How do you effectively get attention from the public and government to support your campaign?
* Lobbying for policy and practical change – What actually works?

Week 6
Saturday June 25th, 10am – 4pm
Building Solidarity, Mobilizing Community
With Danielle Sandhu (UofT Students’ Union President), Rodney Diverlus (Ryerson Students’ Union VP Equity)
* How do you mobilize people? How do you instil passion amongst your peers about a particular issue?
* Leading by example and learning to listen: How do you lead while representing the voices of others?
* What can we do to take care of ourselves as young community activists?

Got questions? E-mail us at [email protected]

Florence Li
Project Coordinator
Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter
Suite 124, 215 Spadina Ave. Toronto, ON, M5T 2C7
Tel: 416.596.0833 x 2
Fax: 416.979.3936